Oct 032015
 

OZ Baby Trends

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 3

If you are a long-time follower of Hip Little One you will now by know that I am big fan of baby wearing. While it was a little tricky to do with the twins I definitely got the hang of it with baby no.3 and our little reflux baby miss Sybbie (no.4) was attached to me almost permanently. I absolutely love the close feeling of having my baby nearby, there are just so many benefits for both mother and child! If you’re keen to discover the joys of baby wearing too you can count on OZ Baby Trends to get you started:

Caboo NCT

Created by the talented people behind Close Parent the Caboo NCT (RRP $89) is an ideal baby carrier for busy families on the go. It’s soft and safe, light in weight, easy to use, allows for multiple carrying positions and it’s super comfortable to wear, what more could you wish for?

Caboo NCT FrontThe Caboo NCT is suitable for teeny tiny newborns (minimum weight 2.27 kg) all the way up to 15 kg and complies with safety standards so you can rest assured your growing baby is carried in a safe and healthy way at all times. The adjustable design of the Caboo NCT and the classic gender neutral colour makes it a great pick for both mums and dads (and grandparents and babysitters too!).

Caboo NCT BackBaby’s weight is distributed evenly and thanks to the comfortable wide straps that cross over on the rear there will be reduced strain on the wearer’s back and shoulders, after all, a newborn may be light as a feather but baby do get heavier very quickly! Unlike many other carriers the Caboo NCT also offers a convenient hip carry position for older babies, allowing you to enjoy the closeness for longer.

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win a Caboo NCT (RRP $89) enter our giveaway below:

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May 072015
 

OZ Baby Trends

Big Baby Shower – Day 7

Wet nappies, dirty nappies, cloth nappies, disposables, when you bring home a new baby nappies quickly become the talk of the day. Amidst all the nappy changes it is easy to forget to schedule some much-needed nappy-free time too. OZ Baby Trends has got nappy-off time covered with this clever product by Close Parent:

Pop-In Play Mat

The padded Pop-In Play Mat (RRP $69.95) is one of those multi-purpose baby products that families will use over and over again, excellent value for money and so handy to have on hand!

Pop-In Play Mat LionThe practical waterproof laminate side is ideal for quick nappy changes or nappy-free time as well as messy play with paint and water or sandy picnics. After use simply wipe clean ready for the next time or pop the mat in the washing machine, so easy! On the reverse the cuddly soft fleece side is perfect for tummy time on the floor, a pretend tea party or snuggles on the couch, the Pop-In Play Mat is super family friendly.

When not in use the play mat can be folded away for storage and carried with ease thanks to the removable handle. Measuring a generous 120 x 120cm in size the mat lasts well past the baby stage and can still be enjoyed as your baby grows. The Pop-In Play Mat is currently available in stylish Russian Dolls, Robot, Lion and Hippo design, which one is your favourite?

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To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win a Pop-In Lion Play Mat (RRP $69.95) enter our giveaway below:

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Aug 112014
 

OZ Baby Trends

Big Birthday Bash – Day 11

When you are an expecting or new mum it is easy to get overwhelmed by the large number of ‘must-have’ baby products. Do you really need all of it and if you do, where do you keep everything? Shop wisely and choose items that are good quality, durable and serve multiple purposes like the Pop-In Play Mat from OZ Baby Trends:

Pop-In Play Mat RobotCreated by expert cloth nappy designers Close Parent the padded Pop-In Play Mat ($69.95) has a a host of clever features to help make your life easier. Measuring a generous 120 x 120cm in size this large, machine washable play mat offers a clean, safe and stylish spot for tummy time, nappy free time, play time or picnic time. Thanks to the soft, fleecy fabric it also makes a lovely blanket or quilt to snuggle under this chilly season.

Pop-In Play Mat Russian DollsBut that’s not all, the waterproof laminate layer on the reverse keeps mess and wet spills from soaking through so your floor, couch or bed stay dry in case of an accident. This same waterproof layer turns your Play Mat into a quick and easy splash mat for dinner or craft time, any mess can just be wiped off. So many uses in one single product that will be enjoyed for years, the Pop-In Play Mat is a fabulous investment for any family and awesome baby shower gift idea too.

The Pop-In Play Mat is not just a great product for at home but it’s fantastic for on the go as well, it folds up for easy storage and transport and can be carried by its removable handle. The Pop-In Play Mat is available in four sweet prints to suit both boys and girls: Robots, Hippos, Russian Dolls and Lions.

Pop-In Play Mats

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

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May 112014
 

OZ Baby Trends

With breastfeeding once again being the topic of conversation, this time thanks to a proud and confident mama on The Voice, it seems like the perfect time to introduce you to two fantastic breastfeeding products from OZ Baby Trends:

The Breastvest has been created by and for mums to take the hassle out of breastfeeding in public. The design is simple but effective: the singlet shaped garment covers your tummy so you don’t leave skin exposed when you lift your top to breastfeed your baby yet it leaves your nursing bra easily accessible for quick and convenient feeding when out and about. Instead of buying expensive breastfeeding clothing you can turn all your ordinary tops into a nursing garment with one simple singlet, how awesome is that?

A few weeks ago we asked one of our lovely Hip little one readers to put the Breastvest to the test and here’s what she has to say about this innovative product:

Breastvest in use‘What a great invention the Breastvest is! As a breastfeeding mum of a 9 month old, no matter what it’s hard to not feel self conscious about your post baby figure. I feel the Breastvest has given me more confidence in those times I have needed to feed my son in public, as barely any flesh can be seen at all. The material is very light weight so it is great to wear under your favourite tops without it being seen. Also, in these colder months it is great to keep you warm whilst feeding especially those early morning feeds.

I have been able to wear all of my normal pre-baby tops since I have been using the Breastvest, which is a huge relief as I have really struggled to find breastfeeding tops that I have liked or without spending a small fortune.

Breastvest ReviewThe quality of the Breastvest is great. I like the fact the product scoops to fit just below the nursing bra so you don’t have to mess around too much with your top when trying to feed a hungry bubs. The material is very durable and has been through the wash numerous times without a problem. It hasn’t lost it shape or developed any signs of balling. The material is very soft and feels nice against the skin.

The sizing chart was great and I found that the measurements were a perfect fit for my size. I like that the Breastvest is long enough to cover your whole tummy and gives enough stretch for the post pregnancy tummy.

I feel that the Breastvest is great value for money and an essential piece of clothing for the breastfeeding mum. It’s practical for the everyday mum and it’s lightweight enough that you don’t even realise you are wearing it.’

The Breastvest ($29.95) is available in black and white and comes in the sizes XS to XL, to determine the correct size for you please refer to the Breastvest size chart.

Our wonderful reviewer also tried out the new Pop-In Breast Pads by Close Ltd. As designers of the famous Pop-In cloth nappy they know all about absorbency, washability and natural fabrics and they have combined these great features in their reusable nursing pads. One of the things that sets their design aside from similar products on the market is the unique shape, created to follow the natural curves of the breast it fits better and reduces the chance of visible lines.

Pop-In Breast PadsDon’t be fooled by the slim size, not visible to the naked eye the pads actually consist of three layers: on one side a fast-wicking polyester that takes away the wetness from the skin and on the other side a full layer of waterproof laminate, sandwiched together by an absorbent soya bean fabric core well known for its natural absorbency, softness and thermo-regulating properties. Our reviewer shares her honest opinion on the Pop-In Breast Pads:

Pop-In Nursing Pads‘As someone who has mostly used bamboo breastpads I have actually found the popin breastpads great. They are super soft and because they are slim they are very discreet. The breastpads are great value for money as there are three pairs in the pack, as well as a mesh laundry bag to protect the product in the wash. I have found the pads to be quite absorbent and have had no leaks onto my clothing. All in all a great product for the breastfeeding mum!’

The Pop-In Breast Pads by Close Ltd ($24.95) are available as a 6-pack: one pair to wear, one pair to wash and one pair to spare; a free mesh laundry bag is included.

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

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Stay clean with Close

 Baby, Out & About  Comments Off on Stay clean with Close
Apr 112014
 

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One of the things I love most about Summer is that my washing pile is a lot smaller in the warmer months than in the chilly Autumn/Winter season. In Summer the kids put on just a simple top and shorts or dress and they often eat their dinner wearing nothing but their undies so there are no dirty clothes to wash. In Winter they wear a few layers of clothes and somehow they all (but especially the baby!) manage to get food on everything. With four kids that equals a lot of laundry!

Pop-In Coverall Bib

The brand new Pop-In Coverall Bib by Close is designed to help reduce mess, prevent your child’s clothing getting ruined by nasty food stains, dirty paint messes or sticky craft glue and (very important) make mum’s life easier with less cleaning up and less washing. Created by the makers of the Close Pop-In nappy and brought to you by the wonderful team at OZ Baby Trends you can trust you are buying a quality item that is durable, practical and works a treat.

Coverall Bibs

The generous long sleeve design provides excellent coverage for little mess makers, covering their complete chest, lap, shoulders, sleeves and even part of their back. Clothes stay clean and dry thanks to the waterproof fabric, simply wipe clean afterwards and your bib is good as new. It will be one very clever cookie who is able to get any mess past this awesome bib! Handy tip: Keep a Pop-In Coverall in your nappy bag for those unplanned snacks or meals when out and about, that way your baby’s good ‘going out’ clothes are well protected.

The Pop-In Coverall Bib (RRP $24.95) is available in four stylish prints and two sizes: ‘Stage 3’ to fit children aged 6-18 months and ‘Stage 4’ to fit children aged 18-36 months.

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the Close Ltd range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

Splash and Save with Close

 Baby, Eco  Comments Off on Splash and Save with Close
Mar 112014
 

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I regularly receive emails from companies asking me to try out their modern cloth nappies on my children and write about my experiences but I always politely decline. It’s absolutely not that I have something against cloth nappies, in fact I am a big fan: cloth nappies look gorgeous, are great for the environment and save you big bucks on your family budget, however the simple truth is that after trying many different brands and styles over the last few years there is simply only one name that delivers excellent results for us and that I’m loyal to: UK label Close.

Pop-In Swim Nappy LionIn Australia the Close range is being distributed by cloth nappy experts OZ Baby Trends and you can find their products at many stores and online retailers across Australia. If you are a modern eco conscious parent you are sure to love Close, the range offers so many fantastic products and new designs are being added all the time. The latest Close gems have just been uncovered and they are currently en route to all Australian stockists, ready to be snapped up by you.

Pop-In Swim Nappy HippoSummer may officially be over but that doesn’t mean swimming season is over. Whether you are taking your baby out to the pool, have a beach holiday planned or have signed up for swim school the brand new Close Swim Nappy is a must have for your swimming bag. Created by the makers of the super reliable Pop-In cloth nappy you can count on these stylish reusable swimmers to keep baby (and mum) happy and the pool clean.

Pop-In Swim Nappy RobotThe new Pop-in Swim Nappy features a soft and colourful printed outer, a world of difference from the plain, sterile, crinkly plastic disposable swim nappies you pick up at the supermarket. Hidden on the inside are three carefully created layers designed to deliver superior reliability: a layer of fast wicking fleece and a stain resistant, water repellent layer sandwiched together with a hidden waterproof membrane.

Pop-In Swim Nappy Russian DollFor ultimate safety and cleanliness the legs and waist are securely ‘sealed’ by the unique Close Seal to Skin binding. These soft and flexible ‘cuffs’ fit nice and snug around your baby’s waist and legs so that any accidents stay contained without interfering with your baby’s movability or leaving nasty marks. After the swimming adventure rinse your swim nappy thorougly and it’s good to go for next time, so easy!

The Pop-In Swim Nappy is available in four sweet prints to suit boys and girls and comes in four different sizes: Small (from birth/3kg), Medium (from 4 months/6kg), Large (from 8 months/9 kg) and Extra Large (from 16 months/13kg). With a very pleasant $19.95 price tag you are sure to gets lots and lots of water fun for your money and you don’t have to feel guilty about adding more waste to landfill.

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the Close Ltd range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

Feb 252012
 

If you are using cloth nappies on your baby you have most likely discovered that not every nappy does what it is supposed to do. They all promise to provide an excellent fit and not leak but in reality that is not always the case. Maybe you tried them again and again, hoping that they would get more absorbent after a few washes (something that is recommended by many cloth nappy brands) but you still end up with a useless nappy that was a waste of money. I have experienced this scenario myself too but there is one brand that has never let me down, Close Parent.

I have been using Pop-In nappies for more than two years and in that time the nappies have been redesigned and improved several times, getting better and better each time. Although I was already very happy with the performance of the Pop-Ins I did understand the mums who said the pastel colours were a little plain and could do with a little ‘pop’. Close Parent has listened and the old pastel colours have made room for funky brights in the New Generation Pop-In.

The Pop-In’s are a one size fits all nappy designed for babies between 3-16kg so they will last (most babies) from birth all the way to potty training. The velcro closure and press studs at the front allow you to adjust the nappy for a perfect fit at any age and stage. Fitted with a double elasticised gusset the Pop-In offers excellent containment whilst still being soft, stretchy and comfortable (no nasty marks from tight gussets, even on my chubby baby).

There are two different Pop-In styles available, bamboo and minkee, and both come in a range of colours. The bamboo Pop-In is the perfect choice for people who love the extra absorbency of natural bamboo and how gentle it is on baby’s skin. The minkee Pop-In on the other hand is a tad faster in drying and the minkee fabric is extremely soft. Both styles are fantastic and it really is a personal choice.

The Pop-In system is super easy, even for dads and babysitters, as the nappy goes on in one piece just like a disposable. The nappy itself consists of three pieces: the outer shell (soft to touch and waterproof), an inner soaker and booster. As the wetting pattern of boys (front) and girls (middle to back) is different the booster can be adjusted accordingly. The three parts are all connected by press studs so they are easy to put together or change. To make it even easier you can leave all pieces connected during the washing (just undo one end to create a ‘chain’) so you don’t have to waste time searching for individual components afterwards. The washing tabs make sure the velcro tabs stay safely in place and won’t damage the other laundry in your machine.

I have been using the New Generation Pop-In’s since January so they have had a great work-out with plenty of washing and I can safely say that the new Pop-In is a real winner. I am not surprised that the performance is outstanding (no leaks) and the fit is great, nice and trim so not the bulky look you might expect from cloth nappies. My choice for night time is the bamboo Pop-In as it is a little more absorbent especially in combination with the night-time booster. For daytime with more regular nappy changes the minkee Pop-In are ideal as they dry in no time, especially in summer.

To find out more Close Parent, to browse the range and to locate your nearest stockist or consultant near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win one of two New Generation Pop-In’s watch the Pop-In video on www.ozbabytrends.com.au and answer the following question: What have you learned about the New Generation Pop-In?

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